Your teeth are an important feature in your mouth with many essential responsibilities. Along with biting and chewing, the teeth help you to speak properly and provide you with a beautiful smile. They also help to keep your jawbone strong. Your teeth are the strongest substance in your body and can withstand a significant amount of wear and tear. They are, however, still vulnerable to issues such as physical damage and decay. When these issues arise, treatment is needed right away. In many cases, we can restore the affected teeth. However, if the damage is too severe, extractions may be required. North Atlanta Family Dentistry can help.
What Happens if Damage Goes Untreated?
Treating damaged teeth, even damage that does not seem all that serious at the time is essential. When damaged teeth are left unaddressed, you the damage can become worse. The strength of the affected teeth is compromised. The tooth may split in half or shatter even when biting down normally. Damaged teeth can also allow bacteria inside, which can result in a painful tooth infection. When faced with tooth damage, the preferred solution is to restore the affected teeth. However, this is not always possible.
When is an Extraction Necessary?
When a tooth cannot be restored, it needs to be extracted. There are few different situations in which tooth extractions are necessary. These situations include:
In some cases, a tooth extraction may be required even though there is no tooth damage. These situations include:
There are two ways in which teeth can be extracted. One way is simple tooth extraction. This is a straightforward procedure that can be performed under a local anesthetic. We begin by using a tool called an elevator to loosen the gums and periodontal ligament from around the tooth. Next, the tooth is moved with forceps to widen the socket and pull the tooth free.
The other method for extracting teeth is with a surgical extraction. This type of extraction is used in more complex situations. It is performed under a local anesthetic as well as sedation. First, incisions are made in your gums to expose the root of the tooth. We then remove the tooth, removing any necessary bone or sectioning the tooth and removing it in pieces. Once the tooth has been completely removed, the area is cleaned, and the gums are sutured closed.
While repairing damaged teeth is always preferred, it is not always possible. In these cases, an extraction, followed by a tooth replacement, is the best solution for helping to keep your mouth healthy. Call North Atlanta Family Dentistry today at (470) 387-0500 for more information.